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Season Ender

Welcome to the 2019-20 Equipment Comparison Guide and Buyers' Guide issue of SnowOps!

As ski areas continue the transition to off-season, I hope our annual guides will give you some inspiration for the next season. (Anyone else counting down the days?) Thank you to all of the equipment manufacturers who participated in this year’s guides.

HKD Snowmakers is broadening its inventory of snowmaking solutions with the recent acquisition of Sno.matic. Its proprietary platform, iSno, controls and monitors snowmaking systems. Charles Santry, president and co-owner of HKD Snowmakers, talks about the acquisition and what this means for the future of HKD Snowmakers.

We also met up with Brian Pombo of All Mountain Construction. Pombo’s company specializes in steep slope excavation with minimal environmental impact. That’s a plus for both ski areas and riders.

What started as a conversion on gas station media systems grew into Alpine Media Technology. The company offers ski areas digital information systems on chairlifts, gondolas and throughout resorts to offer riders real-time mountain information, including open runs, weather and more. Learn how Alpine Media Technology can maximize your guests’ experience.

I hope you enjoy this issue and I look forward to hearing your feedback and comments. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. I’m always open to suggestions, so feel free to drop me a line if you have an article topic you’d love to see in a future issue of SnowOps. Have a safe and wonderful summer, and I’ll see you in September!



Lindsay Risto